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Open Thread, 8/10/2010: Padres vs Pirates

So here we are, in the middle of a slump. We still have the best record in the National League, but the bandwagon is balanced precariously as if it may tip at any second. The foulweather fans have already written off Ryan Ludwick and are calling for Kevin Towers' return to help salvage this lost season.

On the flip side, we have each other. Sure, it's unclear at this point whether or not we even like each other that much, but it is what it is.

On another hand, we're playing the Pirates. This is a true test for this Padres team. Anything shy of a sweep (for the good guys) will be mildly disappointing. A series loss and I fear for the safety of Padres bobblehead dolls everywhere.



Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres

08/10/10 7:05 PM PDT

Pittsburgh Pirates San Diego Padres
Andrew McCutchen - CF Jerry Hairston Jr. - 2B
Jose Tabata - LF Miguel Tejada - SS
Neil Walker - 2B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Pedro Alvarez - 3B Ryan Ludwick - RF
Lastings Milledge - RF Chase Headley - 3B
Andy LaRoche - 1B Yorvit Torrealba - C
Chris Snyder - C Will Venable - LF
Ronny Cedeno - SS Chris Denorfia - CF
Jeff Karstens - P Wade LeBlanc - P